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Ready Mix Concrete: A Solid, Easy Choice

Feb 9th 2015 at 4:44 AM

If you’re about to embark on a home improvement or construction project that involves concrete and you want to avoid the labor and uncertainty of mixing your own, ready mix concrete offers an easier and better option.

To discuss concrete in detail, it’s best to first understand what it is made of. There are three basic components of concrete: cement, aggregate, and water. Although cement is a term that is often used interchangeably with concrete, the two materials are not the same. Cement is justone ingredient in the mixture that results in concrete. It is a mineral that, when combined with water, binds the aggregate together. Aggregate is generally a mixture of fine sand and coarser crushed stone or gravel.

Although concrete has a fairly simple composition, not properly mixing the ingredients together can lead to poor results. If too much water is mixed with the aggregate and cement, the resulting concrete will be weak. If not enough water is used, the other components will not adequately bond together and the resulting concrete will be crumbly.

Especially for those without experience mixing their own, using ready mix concrete is an easy way to avoid wasting time, labor, and money trying to get the perfect mix. Ready mix concrete is freshly prepared at a local factory by professionals,which ensures the product’s consistency and quality. It is then delivered to your construction site where it is poured, graded, and left to set.

For small projects that require only a wheelbarrow or two of concrete, mixing your own is a reasonable option. However, the problem with using self-mixed concrete for any sizeable project is that you need to use freshly mixed concrete within a short amount of time. This requires you need to mix it, pour it, and repeat, hoping that the consistency is the same each time.

Ready mix concrete can be easily delivered in many different quantities so that even a long driveway or a large foundation can be poured in a day. Just seeing properly mixed concrete easily slide out of the spout of a mixer truck into your project’s form makes the idea of stirring a gritty batch by hand seem very unappealing.

Many complications and hang-ups inevitably arise in any construction or building project, but your concrete doesn’t have to be one of them. Utilizing ready mix concrete is an easy way to make sure your concrete consistently measures up, and it saves you the dirty work of mixing your own.

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Brett has had a lifelong interest in plants and trees and writes about his interest as a creative outlet. You can read his latest musings at landscaping plans blog.

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